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Tahereh Alavi Hojjat, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Economics

Tahereh Alavi Hojjat is a professor and Chair of Economics at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hojjat received her bachelor’s degree from Tehran University, Iran, master degree from the American University, Washington, D.C., and Ph.D. from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is a past recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award by the Eastern Council of Business School and Programs (ECBSP).  She received grants from the Center for Advancing Partnership in Education (CAPE) for Global Collaborative Faculty Projects and Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) for College Admission Mentoring Program (CAMP), Dr. Michele Deegan, Muhlenberg College, and Dr. Kerrie Baker, Cedar Crest College were co-directors of this grant. Her most recent grant is from Teagle Foundation on "Education for Sustainable Development on Campus" co-directors: Dr, Lamadrid (Lehigh University Professor of Economics), Dr. Cigliano (Professor of Environmental Science, Cedar Crest College). 

She has authored several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals of business and social sciences. Dr. Hojjat has served as an advisory board member of Houghton-Mifflin Publishing and McGraw Hill companies and currently serving as an editorial advisor for several academic journals including “Annual Editions-Global Issues”, and “Journal of Asian Finance, Economics, and Business (JAFEB)”. 

She is the author of Islamic Economy and Social Mobility: Cultural and Religious Considerations. This book analyzes the social, cultural, religious, and political implications of the Islamic economy at the global level. It is published in February of 2016: http://www.igi-global.com/book/islamic-economy-social-mobility/139302. Her most recent book is on The Economics of Obesity: Poverty, Income Inequality and Health, published in 2017, Springer. She is in the process of writing the second edition of this book.

Dr. Hojjat also authored Mini-Cases in Finance, accompaniment to the textbook entitled Financial Institutions and Markets, Mishkin, 7th edition, Pearson Prentice Hall. Dr. Hojjat is ex-officio of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Economic Association.